Drugstore protein shampoo?

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I have no idea what to use as a protein shampoo, low poo, sulfate free etc... I'm on a budget
Do you know that you need a protein shampoo? I have found that for me personally, despite my aversion to heavily scented products, that most of the VO5 conditioners are ideal for co-washing my hair, and they are dirt cheap (under $1 at most stores - CVS is the only place I've consistently seen them marked higher than $1). Most of them do have some protein. My hair seems to love protein but other people have issues with using too much.

There are a ton of sulfate free shampoos out there now.. and this is one thing that I am personally not afraid to spend a little more on because I use so little of it (I don't shampoo regularly any more). So I'm okay justifying spending $10-20 on a bottle of shampoo while I definitely would not ever consider that much for a co-wash or even a rinse out because I go through so much of each of those.
3a/2c natural redhead and I've been sulfate/cone free since 2006
I like the nice & curly sulfate free shampoo. Be aware it has a silicone in it. I got this when I first went modified cg & didn't know your shampoos has to be sulfate/silicone free. But if you don't mind silicones, then feel free. It's around $5. You should be able to get it at Walgreens. But when in done with this, I will find a silicone free sulfate free shampoo.
Giovanni Smooth as Silk I believe has protein but honestly I'm not sure that protein in a lowpoo makes that much of a difference... I think the most important thing is to make sure it's not stripping and it doesn't contain anything that can build up (ESP for low porosity hair). I rotate tons of low-poos and I really like G 50:50 and YesToCucumbers. SM C&h is very gentle but has the potential to build up on some bc of the butters/oils.
2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

light moisture, hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Protein can be absorbed from shampoo Proteins: Why You Should Care

I'd just get some Colorful neutral protein filler and add it to a shampoo of my choice, then you can control the amount.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
"Hydrolyzed proteins penetrate the cuticle and absorb into the cortex of the hair. Research has shown that as much as 30-50% of the protein found in shampoos is absorbed and retained by the hair. The percentage is even higher in conditioning products due to the absence of cleansing surfactants. This protein absorption has been found to increase the strength and elasticity of hair fibers."

Interesting. I always assumed the shampoo isn't in your hair long enough to make a huge difference. If you're following the CG method of shampooing you're only shampooing the scalp and letting the suds fall down through your length. Maybe there's some adsorption but not absorption of the protein. I guess more protein can never hurt even in shampoos for fine and porous types.
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2BC/f/II. fine - low/normal porosity - medium density - normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Jason Mango bodywash
Cowash: Cure Care diluted with water 1:1
RO: Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: IAgirl's gelatine

light moisture, hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
"Hydrolyzed proteins penetrate the cuticle and absorb into the cortex of the hair. Research has shown that as much as 30-50% of the protein found in shampoos is absorbed and retained by the hair. The percentage is even higher in conditioning products due to the absence of cleansing surfactants. This protein absorption has been found to increase the strength and elasticity of hair fibers."

Interesting. I always assumed the shampoo isn't in your hair long enough to make a huge difference. If you're following the CG method of shampooing you're only shampooing the scalp and letting the suds fall down through your length. Maybe there's some adsorption but not absorption of the protein. I guess more protein can never hurt even in shampoos for fine and porous types.
Originally Posted by wavydaze
I suspect it's because most commercial type shampoos will raise the cuticle. Similar to how shampoo can help coconut oil penetrate the hair. Do also bear in mind that is likely to be a high percentage of not much, a conditioner is likely to contain more protein. But, yes, it might well be different if you are using super gentle CG type cleansers or really concentrating on the roots.

More here on protein penetrating
THE NATURAL HAVEN: Deep Conditioning : What Ingredients in Hair Conditioner Penetrate Hair?
http://journal.scconline.org/pdf/cc2...193-p00203.pdf
The use of radiolabelling techniques to mea... [Int J Cosmet Sci. 1997] - PubMed - NCBI

Complicating matters there are also penetration enhancers, and modified hydrolysed protein molecules that become more substantive/ penetrating.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Renpure Keratin and Giovanni Smooth as Silk are both decent sulfate-free options for protein shampoos.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel

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